Andrew Laing

Associate Professor, Department of Kinesiology, University of Waterloo

Andrew Laing.
Dr. Andrew Laing is an associate professor in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Waterloo. His general field of interest is musculoskeletal biomechanics related to human health and injury prevention, and the role that advancing age has on these relationships.

He uses a systematic approach to guide his research which involves: i) identifying the injury of interest, ii) determining the biomechanical age-related differences that may influence injury risk, and iii) developing and testing age-specific interventions to prevent or treat the injury.

Within this framework, his current research program focuses on two injury categories: 1) workplace musculoskeletal disorders (WMSD); and 2) fall-related tissue trauma including hip fractures, spinal cord injuries, and traumatic brain injuries.

His workplace research interests involve the development and implementation of participatory ergonomics processes in industry, assessment of potential age-related differences in knowledge capital and physical work capacity associated with manual materials handling, and the effects of flooring designs/properties on risk factors for WMSD in staff working in residential care facilities. This work will support interventions to promote healthy aging and work ability across the lifespan.